A Machine to Live In

A city symphony of Brasilia: the capital of Brazil. Directors Yoni Goldstein and Meredith Zielke have a background in video installations and experimental films and take you on a cosmic journey in a mysterious metropolis. It is a constructed capital. A mega project built with a utopian vision. The city is a modernist architectural marvel and at the same time it is characterized by graffiti, strange cults and aging monuments. The film highlights the sacred geometry of triangles and symmetry of lines, in stunning images and a thumping, electronic soundtrack of what was to be the city of the future.

  • Program
  • Original title
    A Machine to Live In
  • Director
    Yoni Goldstein, Meredith Zielke
  • Producer
    Sebastian Alvarez, Andrew Benz, Maida Lynn
  • Writers
    Yoni Goldstein
  • Photo
    Andrew Benz
  • Playtime
    1 h 29 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Brazil
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Distributor
    Mass Ornament Film

Gagarine

16-year-old Yuri lives in the Gagarine building (Cité Gagarine) on the outskirts of Paris – a classic “Soviet Bloc” residential complex to be demolished. This is a real building that was set up during the communist period and started the demolition process in 2019. The film deals with Yuri’s feelings for his old home. He therefore joins a demonstration group when he hears about the demolition plans. Together with friends Diana and Houssam, they begin various projects in an attempt to prevent the destruction of what Yuri considers his “spaceship”. After all, the film draws parallels to the name behind the Gagarine building: the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. This movie is an introspective and dreamy flight in its narrative form and use of images.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Gagarine
  • Director
    Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
  • Producer
    Carole Scotta, Julie Billy
  • Writers
    Fanny Liatard, Benjamin Charbit, Jérémy Trouilh
  • Actors
    Alséni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven, Finnegan Oldfield, Farida Rahouadj, Denis Lavant
  • Playtime
    1 h 38 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Haut et Court
  • Distributor
    Selmer Media

Herself

The director behind The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia! returns, but this time to a different style. In Herself, a husband beats up his wife Sandra. She escapes with the kids. She struggles with physically and mentally, has two jobs and is under strong pressure from the social and housing bureaucracy. She is also looking for a new home for herself and the daughters, but the money is the problem. She decides to take matters into her own hands and builds a house. Herself has a beautiful focus on the unifying power of building a house, while illustrating a bureaucratic system that does not work. Sandra’s vulnerability is strongly portrayed, through a realistic depiction of domestic violence, but the film pays homage to her courage and determination.

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Herself
  • Director
    Phyllida Lloyd
  • Producer
    Rory Gilmartin, Ed Guiney, Sharon Horgan
  • Writers
    Malcolm Campbell, Clare Dunne
  • Photo
    Tom Comerford
  • Actors
    Sharon Horgan, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney, Rory Gilmartin, Rose Garnett, Mary Burke
  • Playtime
    1 h 37 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    England, Ireland
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sofie is a quiet girl who works in a hat shop in an idyllic small town in the 19th century, where most things are steam-powered. One day, her life is turned upside down. The country she lives in is on the brink of war with a foreign power, and proud military parades are adorned by patriotic crowds. She is bewitched by an old woman and whirls into a wonderful and spectacular adventure with a young and handsome wizard, a fat witch, a fire demon, a short-tempered dog, a brutal war, a little love and last but not least a wandering , living castle!

Howl’s Moving Castle is one of the foremost classics from Japanese Studio Ghibli, directed by master director Hayao Miyazaki. It is a firework of imagination, playfulness, vitality and creative joy!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Hauru no ugoku shiro
  • Director
    Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producer
    Toshio Suzuki, Ned Lott, Rick Dempsey
  • Writers
    Hayao Miyazaki, after Diana Wynne Jones' novel
  • Photo
    Atsushi Okui
  • Actors
    Benedikte Kruse, Inger Teien, Håvard Bakke, Aksel Hennie, Bente Børsum
  • Playtime
    1 h 59 min
  • Year
    2004
  • Country
    Japan
  • Age limit
    6 years
  • Production
    Studio Ghibli
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Mau

Through Ontario, Mecca, New York and Guatemala. The outgoing designer Bruce Mau has had his creative vision in full swing across national borders. Mau is the adventurous documentary about this Canadian designer and his intense work ethic. The film explores his unique and creative mind, and gives us a clear overview of how he revolutionized modern design. This applies, among other things, to “S, M, L, XL” – better known as the “design bible”, but also gigantic projects such as the social movement “GuateAmala!”

This is an exciting story about breaking the borders and a positive attitude when he now has to embark on his most important project: life itself.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Mau
  • Director
    Benjamin Bergmann, Jono Bergmann
  • Producer
    Karol Martesko-Fenster
  • Photo
    Stefan Würnitzer
  • Actors
    Bruce Mau, Paola Antonelli
  • Playtime
    1 h 13 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Austria
  • Age limit
    All ages admitted
  • Distributor
    Autlook Filmsales

Mind of Modernism

Mind of Modernism brings you on a meditative and smooth journey through Norwegian architecture. In this film, Paul Tunge and photographer Egil Håskjold Larsen venture out into the public and into rooms, to explore modernist buildings in Norwegian society. This audiovisual journey is composed of three short films: Ad Astra, Bauta and Platform. In Ad Astra you will see brutalist church architecture, which is in stark contrast to the traditional church we all know. In Bauta you will soar around Oslo and observe concrete public buildings, while in Platform you will enter modern villas. Sound and image exist in a calm (but also chilling) symbiosis in this portrait of modernistic buildings.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Mind of Modernism
  • Director
    Paul Tunge, Egil Håskjold Larsen
  • Producer
    Ingvild Evjemo
  • Photo
    Paul Tunge, Egil Håskjold Larsen, Patrick Safstrøm
  • Playtime
    1 h 10 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    All ages admitted
  • Distributor
    4 1/2